A federal investment of $150,000, made through the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor), will help Laurentian University accelerate innovation and skills development in Greater Sudbury, local MPs said on Tuesday.
Paul Lefebvre, of Sudbury, and Marc Serre, of Nickel Belt, visited Laurentian’s main campus to announce the funding, which will fund the purchase of specialized equipment for the Foundry, including 3D printers, laser cutters, virtual and augmented reality systems, and a digital media lab.
Located in the Jim Fielding Innovation and Commercialization Space, the Foundry helps students, faculty and staff advance and enhance their digital literacy and technical skills, develop new technologies and create new business startups.
“It’s an exciting time for technology and innovation in Greater Sudbury,” Lefebvre said in a release. “Today’s announcement brings cutting-edge equipment to Laurentian University to support advanced learning and skills development, while encouraging the next generation of innovators and job creators.”